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Darcys Restaurant

4.4
4.4
37 Reviews
£26 to £40
Fish

Found in the heart of the Brighton Lanes and run by the charismatic Brighton restaurateur, Coco Cowan, D’Arcys is one of Brighton’s premiere seafood restaurants – though we always have a little steak for those who prefer it and will happily create something vegetarian
‘off-menu’ if requested.

Originally a fisherman’s cottage, D’Arcys has been a specialist seafood restaurant for more than 50 years. We’ve retained a traditional decorative style which helps create an intimate and comfortable atmosphere whether you’re having a simple one-course lunch or a three-course dinner. When the weather is good we also have tables outside for eating alfresco.

We pride ourselves on using the best local fresh fish where possible. Besides our regular favourites such as Fish Pie our menu changes daily depending on the best of the catch from our suppliers. We also source the best, freshest locally grown produce and ingredients to use with and in our cooking.

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Booked 1 time today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fish, Italian, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–16:00
    Dinner
    Daily 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01273 325560

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Fresh fish and seafood including classics such as Dover sole, lobster,scallops .favourites like fish pie or breadcrumbed fish and chips .pasta dishes and steaks also available . Home made desserts Creme brulee and bread and butter pud .Ala carte and Set menus available . Set in a 14 th century cottage in the lanes, it is a truly unique setting for a relaxing dinner . Welcome to D arcys.

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Cross Street

    East st north st lanes

  • Public Transit

    We are 15 mins walk from Brighton mainline train station and 5 mins from the Brighton Pier and seafront.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

1st Course

  • Soup of the day

    • Bruscheta

      Toasted French Bread with Tomato, Garlic, Basil and Olive Oil

      • Duck Pate

        Served with Toasted Brown Bread

        2nd Course

        • Chicken Caesar Salad

          Mixed leaf with Parmesan shavings, Crouton and Caesar dressing

          • Fish and Chips

            • Cozze Linguine

              Pasta with Mussels and Tomato sauce

              • Slow Roast Lamb Shank

                (supplement of £1.50) served with creamed potato

                • Rump Steak (6oz.)

                  (Supplement of £1.50) Served with Homemade Chunky Chips and Tomato

                  Last updated: 25 June 2020

                  What 37 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                  4.4
                  4.4 based on all time ratings
                  • 4.4Food
                  • 4.5Service
                  • 4.2Ambience
                  • 4.3Value

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                  1. BR

                    BarnoR

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 6 November 2021

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Nice, cozy place and delicious food . Great atmosphere.

                  2. S

                    Se58

                    London

                    7 reviews

                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on 28 August 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great meals and good outdoor seating area. Would eat here again.

                  3. LH

                    LouiseH

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    4.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 14 August 2020

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    Lovely sea bream and great to sit outside. Recommend.

                  4. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    1 review

                    2.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 4 August 2020

                    overall2food3service2ambience1

                    My fish arrived lukewarm, a disappointment. I did tell the waitress that it was an anniversary meal upon arrival When challenged about the lukewarm fish the response was that as I asked for it off the bone it was bound to be cooler. A poor excuse It was an expensive meal at almost £80 despite the government “discount” of £20 having already been deducted. I won’t go there again

                  5. D

                    Davidsmith123

                    London

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on 11 July 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fabulous fish restaurant

                  6. M

                    Marilyn1

                    London

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on 25 February 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    It was our first time and we had a lovely experience. Our fish was well cooked and well presented. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again.

                  7. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    7 reviews

                    4.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on 21 February 2020

                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                    Very good!

                  8. TR

                    TRISTANG

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 31 December 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Charming, characterful traditional restaurant. If you want slick efficiency and conveyor belt food then maybe avoid, but if you like your restaurant to have soul then highly recommended.

                  9. WG

                    WilliamG

                    Miami - Dade

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on 14 September 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great experience. Good service and food!

                  10. LK

                    LukeK

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 7 September 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    This is a quant and beautiful off the best place where the service is friendly and welcoming, the food is beautiful and well presented, full of flavour and very filling. They have a great wine selection and the price is very fair. I recommend anyone to visit this little venue

                  11. SS

                    SofiaS

                    Washington DC

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on 26 July 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Quaint restaurant in a acquaintance of the Lanes.... excellent service.

                  12. SM

                    SheilaM

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 10 June 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                    Had lunch with a group of friends. We had the set menus. Good value and very tasty. Our server was most welcoming and friendly

                  13. H

                    Happydiner

                    London

                    8 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on 9 June 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Lovely fresh seafood in a great location. We sat on an outside table and had a great meal.

                  14. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 4 May 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    A hidden gem. Great food. Cute and quirky ambiance

                  15. RM

                    RobM

                    London

                    15 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    15 reviews

                    Dined on 4 May 2019

                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                    If you want an old-school dining experience, it’s hard to beat this lovely gem, tucked away in The Lanes. If you want flashy decor, glitzy menus with bewildering combinations of ingredients, Darcy’s is not that. But, if you want to enjoy fresh, local seafood, treated with care, then this is for you.

                  16. A

                    Alex

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 4 May 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    For many years now every time we come to Brighton we dine at Darcy's. Everything is nice about this restaurant plus a feel of an old house. Their dover sole is one of the best in town.

                  17. D

                    Dogboy

                    Brighton

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on 27 April 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                    An unpretentious classic establishment with classic meals and a sense of history. Really enjoyed our food and the visit.

                  18. WL

                    WestLondonMama

                    London

                    21 reviews

                    4.0

                    21 reviews

                    Dined on 27 April 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                    What a cute spot in The Lanes in Brighton. The place only has a few tables, so it has a really lovely and cozy feel, exclusive almost. The service was second to none, we felt really special throughout our stay. We had at the menu of the day which came in at very good value for a three course meal at around £17.00. I enjoyed my starter and main very much (white bait followed by fish in a creamy sauce, seabass if I remember correctly) but I do not eat dessert so didn't get to try the Tiramisou or Bread Puding on offer. The fish was lovely, and almost worthy of five stars, but it is always difficult with reviews, because the food was excellent value, but of course the food at a Michelin star restaurant can be more worthy of five stars! So I give the overall experience five stars, as I really truly enjoyed our evening, and the chat we had with the very lovely staff at the end of the night. Thank you! I will absolutely return, you're doing a grand job! x

                  19. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 7 April 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    A table for two on Sunday night @21:45. Really intimate and cozy. Tucked away in the lanes from all the noise. Great food and the hostess was very attentive. Would definitely come back. I highly recommend. D Bethel Brighton

                  20. MM

                    MaryM

                    London

                    9 reviews

                    1.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on 7 April 2019

                    overall1food1service2ambience1

                    Very disappointed with this restaurant as the previous reviews were good ! Mussels tasted as though reheated and the other food was tasteless! So nany places to choose from in Brighton.... avoid this one .

                  21. KH

                    KerwinH

                    London

                    6 reviews

                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on 23 March 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    What a find! We had a lovely evening, the service was excellent and personable. The food was superb, all courses, and we loved the small, intimate nature of the restaurant. Will definitely go again, more on the menu to try!

                  22. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 23 March 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The food was lovely and fresh and the staff were amazing. Would definitely recommend

                  23. AK

                    AlanK

                    New England

                    13 reviews

                    4.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on 23 February 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                    Food very good, and service friendly and attentive- not a cheap fish and chips though

                  24. AK

                    AnaK

                    London

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on 16 February 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The dinner was amazing because of the quality of the food ( Dover Sole, sea bass and lamb) and lovely atmosphere with friendly service.

                  25. T

                    Thomas

                    London

                    25 reviews

                    5.0

                    25 reviews

                    Dined on 15 February 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                    Food was great; setting was nice and the service was family like. A lovely evening.

                  26. NW

                    NicolaW

                    London

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 15 February 2019

                    overall4food4service3ambience3

                    Nice home cooked food, good portions and the set menu is great value. Decor and toilets could do with updating.

                  27. k

                    kerrya

                    Brighton

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 15 February 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Charming little place in a lovely peaceful and historic location. The service and food surpassed our expectations. I just wish we were able to stay longer in Brighton to experience another delicious meal at Darcys.

                  28. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 20 January 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                    Staff were lovely. Restaurant is warm and cosy. Food was great. We each had 1 large whole fresh fish. They made an effort as it was my birthday as well. Would recommend.

                  29. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    London

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 19 January 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    A delightful well cooked and well presented meal in intimate surroundings- cannot be recommend highly

                  30. RL

                    RachelL

                    Bristol

                    6 reviews

                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on 19 January 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                    Really helpful and friendly. Accommodated my last minute change of time with no issues and great service. I had the cod and chips and the bread basket and it was really delicious - I think the breadcrumbs rather than better made all the difference

                  31. N

                    Normski

                    London

                    155 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    155 reviews

                    Dined on 12 January 2019

                    overall4food5service5ambience3

                    The menu offers sufficient options without swamping you with unnecessary choice. We had three courses and all were extremely good. I asked for a recommendation for the main course and had the sea bream as suggested, which was excellent. The portions are good without being overly-large and all the dishes were well priced, including the sides. We were happy with the wine list too.

                  32. E

                    Elise

                    London

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on 11 January 2019

                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                    Cute place to relax and enjoy lunch with friends, all of our dishes were fresh and finely prepared.

                  33. A

                    Arnie

                    London

                    13 reviews

                    vip
                    3.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on 28 December 2018

                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                    Quite busy and due to size of building a bit cramped. But service was very good. We had Dover Sole which was average size but was well cooked. Vegetables we found over cooked and courgette was not as described on menu. Apart from that all ok.

                  34. MA

                    MarkA

                    West Sussex

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 15 December 2018

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Really great food - top ingredients, well cooked. Lovely service in an intimate & friendly setting.

                  35. SR

                    StephenR

                    Kent

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 12 December 2018

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    A very cosy place, made especially welcome by Jerry. First time I’d had fish & chips using bread-crumbs ... which was superb. Nice house wine too! Thoroughly recommended. SR

                  36. A

                    Allen

                    London

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on 24 November 2018

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    This is a lovely little restaurant tucked away in the Lanes in Brighton. The food is properly home cooked and the service is genuinely heartfelt. It’s the kind of place in which you immediately feel at home.

                  37. J

                    Joey

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on 1 November 2018

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    An ideal date place; Seafood; Great view of the town; Comfy.

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                  Darcys Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 37 OpenTable diners

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                  Google Map for Darcys Restaurant

                  49 Market Place The Lanes Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HH

                  • Cross Street

                    East st north st lanes

                  • Area

                    Brighton

                  • Hours of Operation

                    Lunch
                    Daily 12:00–16:00
                    Dinner
                    Daily 17:00–22:00

                  • Cuisines

                    Fish, Italian, Steak

                  • Dining style

                    Casual Elegant

                  • Dress Code

                    Smart Casual

                  • Public Transit

                    We are 15 mins walk from Brighton mainline train station and 5 mins from the Brighton Pier and seafront.

                  • Payment Options

                    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

                  • Additional

                    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                  • Phone number

                    01273 325560

                  • Catering

                    Fresh fish and seafood including classics such as Dover sole, lobster,scallops .favourites like fish pie or breadcrumbed fish and chips .pasta dishes and steaks also available . Home made desserts Creme brulee and bread and butter pud .Ala carte and Set menus available . Set in a 14 th century cottage in the lanes, it is a truly unique setting for a relaxing dinner . Welcome to D arcys.

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